Good morning all
I hope that you can help me....
I run a small accountancy practice down here in the south west. My business has been badly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, to a point that I have had no work provided to me since the middle of March 2020.
I employ my husband. I have an online PAYE account and he is paid a monthly salary at a level that he pays National Insurance.
My business is run from home. Obviously, given the current situation, I cannot have client callers and I am not happy to go and collect business records from clients' premises. In any event, I usually like to see my clients face to face when business records are being handed over. Plus.....most clients would not like to be incurring accountancy fees at the moment, if not absolutely necessary.
My question is....
Can I furlough my husband? I see no reason why this is not possible. Does the fact that we run the practice from home exclude me from being able to furlough him? He has been 'properly' employed by me for over 10 years now.
I also intend to 'claim' SEISS, if HMRC contact me in this regard. I suppose that is another question. Do other practitioners who run their businesses from home intend to 'claim' SEISS?
I would normally have received the majority of my year ends 31/12/2019 by now, but none have come in. My income has suffered, even though I hope that I will 'catch up' when things return to normal. I will certainly lose clients because of the financial impact on them and the fact that they will lose their businesses.
Your thoughts would be most appreciated.
Thanks. Stay safe.